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Monday, August 22, 2016

3 Top Scottish Golf Courses (That Aren’t St. Andrews)

Hickory Clubs at Musselburgh Links Top Scottish Golf Courses

When a golfer goes to Scotland, everyone asks if they are going to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, the most famous golf course in the world.  But since Scotland is the birthplace of golf, there are a ton more Scottish golf courses  beyond St. Andrews, and many of them are top golf courses in their own right for various reasons.  The following is my account of three fanfreekintastic Scottish golf courses I was able to experience on our trip about Scotland starting in Edinburgh and finishing at the end of Loch Ness.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pet-Friendly Vacations: 10 Tips for Traveling with Dogs

Henry and Charlie in New York City Pet-Friendly Vacations Tips for Traveling with Dogs
Henry and Charlie in New York City.
For some of us, our pets are like our family and we don’t like to be separated from them for too long.  When we travel, the only thing that really makes us want to come home is being able to see our two tiny dogs again.  So, while we don’t always travel with our pets, we are always looking for travel opportunities like weekend getaways where we can bring our dogs along.  However, traveling with pets is no walk in the park.  Here are our 10 tips for traveling with dogs to make your pet-friendly vacations as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Exploring the Scottish Highlands on a Barge Cruise

Rainbow Over Ros Crana Scottish Highlands Barge Cruise

The Scottish Highlands have two separate travel components.  One includes castles and distilleries and other touristy sites.  We found these were best enjoyed on a Scottish Highlands road trip.  The second is the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands.  This second aspect of the Highlands is best enjoyed slowly.  We found that the best way to enjoy the Scottish Highlands was on an active holiday on a Scotland cruise. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

California Route 66 Road Trip Pit Stop: Barstow

City of Barstow Main Street Murals California Route 66 Road Trip

Barstow.  Barstow is not the first place that comes to mind when you think of a California vacation.  Barstow is known for being the junction of multiple major highways.  Barstow is known for its large rail yard.  Barstow is known for its military base.  Barstow is known for being a city you pass through on the way to somewhere else.  Barstow isn’t really known for being a highly sought-after travel destination.  But in the past, Barstow was an important stop on Route 66, so much so that it was one of the 12 Route 66 cities mentioned in the song (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 written by Bobby Troup and made popular by Nat King Cole in 1946.  Therefore, when we took a short Route 66 road trip at the beginning of the year to celebrate Route 66’s 90th anniversary, we made Barstow our first overnight stop so we could see Barstow’s Route 66 remnants and the memorials to this bygone era. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Great Tbilisi Restaurants for a Taste of Georgia

Cafe Leila Tbilisi Restaurants Georgia

We’ve previously shared that our first and foremost reason for wanting to travel to Georgia was for the food.  (Be sure to check out our article about Georgian cuisine.)  We got our first taste of real Georgian food at a mix of Tbilisi restaurants ranging from casual to upscale.  Here are six of our favorite Tbilisi restaurants from our trip to Georgia.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What to Expect on a Scotland Cruise with Caledonian Discovery

Ros Crana Scotland Cruise Caledonian Discovery

We had long wanted to visit the Scottish Highlands.  We wanted to see the purple heather, the yellow gorse, the green moss.  We wanted to enjoy the Scottish Highlands slowly, hiking and communing with nature.  While we love road trips and spent a few days road tripping through the Scottish Highlands by car visiting Scottish castles, distilleries, and cathedrals, we were excited to try out a different way of experiencing the Scottish Highlands, on a Scotland Cruise with Caledonian Discovery. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

TraxPack Luggage: The Luggage That Climbs Stairs

Luggage has come a long, long way.  Remember when they first put wheels on luggage and you didn’t have to carry it around by its handle anymore?  Then came the spinners, yet another miracle that made moving luggage around even easier.  Now the next great thing in luggage is coming, and that is the ability to climb stairs.